Although I shared this fixer upper makeover with you years ago, I updated the links and photos in hopes it will help! Hello Lovely Master Bedroom Renovation shares photos and sources for this soothing pale French country style retreat incorporating a bunch of my favorite things.
Hello Lovely Master Bedroom Renovation
For this room, we had help from sponsors who provided product in exchange for my honest opinion.
Hello Lovely’s Fixer Upper
Post from Winter 2017: Things have been nutty in fixer upper land. I flew home from Arizona on the red eye this morning, having been there for weeks supporting my parents, both of whom are ill.
Relieved to report both are making strides!
Things grew dark, and truly we’re still longing for more light and more grace as surgeries, biopsies, scans, procedures, and test results keep rolling in. But like the restoration of this fixer upper: * hope springs eternal *.
Even now, beauty’s mysteries shimmer within brokenness.
And if you’ve been low, then you know what I know.
Renovations are a Process!
Before something new gets born, for a time, sorrow may cast a shadow.
I couldn’t even make it home to the fixer upper this morning without high drama in the sky. The plane ride for me and my sister tossed us so violently for so long, air sickness bags, tears and fears were in service from 3:30 a.m. til 4-something…and we were just so grateful to have a hand to hold.
I think this hand holding when the strong winds blow is maybe quite possibly everything, friends. My husband and I are standing here hand in hand in the homestretch, and look at me pouring on the drama in a stream of consciousness post about a silly bedroom formerly cursed with mediocrity and peculiar inhabitants! (Forgive me for the drama! Forgive. It’s been a rough Valentine’s Day.)
So happy to finally reveal progress shots of the master bedroom.
Projects to Come
This room may never truly be ‘done’ but is done enough for now…still to do:
-figure out how to make the big TV above dresser look less austere in the otherwise pretty space,
-re-upholster the benches at the foot of the bed and at the window (at the moment I have simply draped them with a vintage Matelasse coverlet I sliced in half (lazy slipcovers the French might deem acceptable in their effortlessness and practicality),
-shop for vintage accessories,
-and replace the ceiling fan with a beautiful chandelier.
How the Bedroom Began
Let’s take a walk down memory lane to recall where we began in June of 2015 when we bought the 1 1/2 story cottage as a foreclosure after real estate deals for 4 other fixers fell through.
We had sold our ‘done’ big house and sought something half the size and price.
The master bedroom came with a few promising features including its decent size, vaulted ceiling, and a beautiful tree soaring next to the window.
What didn’t work?
*pet-soiled padding under cheap taupe carpet the seller installed right over top
*large marred areas on the textured walls from poor repairs creating lots of ugly
*Ill-fitting, papery-thin hollow core doors
*the worst door hardware we have seen
*crazy electrical configurations including a wall with the light switches for the bathroom!
*2 small his and her closets, and the “hers” was more of a panic room with absolutely nothing in it beyond a laundry chute and a lock on the door
*Art Deco sconces
*Walls painted the color of how the carpet pad smelled (with me?)
*destroyed and undersized baseboard trim
Here is how we tackled this master bedroom from the ground up…we:
tore up carpeting and 2 layers of padding
spent hours removing nails from several pads
removed all baseboard trim
upgraded all the electrical outlets
installed new sconces
painted the walls
hired a master craftsman to install wide plank white oak hardwood flooring
installed new baseboards and painted them
added a closet organizer in the ‘hers’ closet
installed electrical to the ‘hers’ closet
added 4 new knotty alder doors and jambs
installed new white door trim
applied a water based flat finish on doors
installed new oil rubbed bronze door hardware
created a reclaimed wood statement wall
glazed our existing antique white furniture with Benjamin Moore’s ‘Revere Pewter’
Photos of Before & During Reno
New Alder Doors Make a Big Difference
Before & After: French Country Bedroom
Once again, before:
You can get a better feel for scale in this video we made if you have time:
Wood Plank Statement Wall
FIND THE EXACT PRODUCT RIGHT HERE.
White Oak Hardwood Flooring
Light & Bright & Airy Serenity
Rustic Yet Romantic Bedroom
I owe a heap of gratitude to my sister Jo, who assisted me with this photo shoot.I could not have managed without her!
Master Bedroom Resources
Quilted White Coverlet Piubelle
Knotty Alder Doors Pacific Entries
Oil Rubbed Bronze Door Hardware (Hemsley, Egg Knob Set) Pacific Entries
Reclaimed Wood Plank Wall (Hamptons) Stikwood
5″ Wide White Oak Hardwood Flooring (no stain – flat water based finish) Finished on site by Oak Street Flooring
Antique Sconces & Swedish Chandelier in Closet Oddly Enough
Belgian Linen Slipcovered Armchair, Parisian Gate Bronze Lamps, Cushions on Bed, Distressed Canvas Pillows on Bench Restoration Hardware
More Shopping Resources
Decorative Oil Rubbed Bronze Curtain Hardware, Baseboards and Door Trim Lowe’s
Bed, Nightstands, Dresser: Vintage Chris Madden, which I painted Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (satin) thinned with a little water
Lace Dust Ruffle Garnet Hill – gorgeous one RIGHT HERE
Leaning Floor Mirror find one here
French Wire Laundry Basket, Matelasse Bench Covers, Upholstered Benches, Wood Candlesticks, Vintage Dresser in Closet Vintage
French Poem Stencil on Dresser Mirror Royal Designs
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore White OC-151 which is practically identical to BEHR ULTRA PURE WHITE
Thanks for the Encouragement!
If you are still reading…wow…so thankful you are on this journey with us toward completion–chronicling these adventures has energized us and kept us accountable.
Thank you. Really. Thanks for tuning in.
Thanks so much Pacific Entries and Stikwood
for partnering with me on this before and after
and creating such gorgeous product.
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Peace to you right where you are.
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